Paris, 18 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has announced which projects were approved for financing during 2011.
Created in 2005 by the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the aim of the IFCD is the promotion of sustainable development and the reduction of poverty by supporting the cultural sector of developing countries.
The projects to be funded are as follows :
- $97,250 to Academia Group, Serbian NGO, for a project to support 150 entrepreneurs from the poorest regions of the country;
- $85,000 to ACTED, Tadjik NGO, to promote the diversification of music in Tajikistan, through providing support material and in order to finance musicians;
- $100,000 to the Association of Musical Entrepeneurs from Barbados, to finance their participation to a convention in United States and to support the promotion of Caribbean musicians within the American public;
- $80,000 to Bal’lame, Nigerian NGO, for the training of 20 artists and culture professionals, to support the rights of the media in order to strengthen the development of the cultural life in Nigeria;
- $10,000 to the Malawi National Commission for UNESCO, to fund the organisation of a consultation in order to revise and update the cultural politics of the country;
- $65,000 to the Mozambican National Commission for UNESCO, to raise awareness of cultural activities amongst the youth of three isolated regions of Mozambique, and for the training of local cultural professionals;
- $99,023 to the Zimbabwean Cultural Fund, for the carrying out of a statistical study of the cultural industries in Harare;
- $99,550 to the African 30 group, Senegalese NGO, for the creation of a mobile educational facility, responsable for the training of cultural politics managers in the use of modern technologies;
- $81,000 to the Harlequin Foundation, a South African NGO, for the training of 20 craftsmen from impoverished communities in the recycled arts;
- $95,115 to the local government of Uruguay, to equip public spaces and for the organisation of workshops and shows in the Casavalle basin;
- $ 81,341 to an Italian childhood organisation, for project supporting young artists and cultural professionals in the Siem Reap of Cambodia, in order to promote their rights and to facilitate networking;
- $26,000 to Knijni Blok, a Croatian NGO, for the promotion of reading amongst the public, and to support the printing industry in Croatia;
- $98,698 for the organisation of a consultation with a view to the establishment of a political cultural strategy in the country;
- $43,605 to the Ministry of Culture of St Vincent and the Grenadines, for the reform of their cultural policy and the creation of new cultural enterprises;
- $95,547 to the Kenyan pastoral development network, to encourage the cultural expression of native communities;
- $35,700 to VizArt, a Bosnian NGO, to support the Bosnian film industry;
- $97,580 to Video nas Aldeias (video in the villages), a Brazilian NGO, for the making and distribution of children’s video programmes.